- Matthew Sarker
- Staten Island, NY
- United States
Do you think the future of teachers could be in jeopardy?
"We don't replace teachers, by the way. We believe that teachers should be empowered, not replaced."
This statement got me thinking - there's a new wave of 'MOOCs' (Massive Online Open Courses) that have recently popped up (Udacity/coursera/edX) and with education available to potentially everyone, I feel like it's not a big leap to say there could be big changes in the future. One thing I'm trying to grasp is how 'MOOCs' and traditional schools, teachers, and universities might coexist.
I love the idea of using technology in education because I don't see why there should be limits on what it can accomplish. Maybe one day (far in the future) programs can be better teachers than people, and at the very very least more efficient and effective at certain levels/areas. And I'm thinking it'll be a lot cheaper. So economically, what will that mean for the future of our education system?
It's hard to imagine replacing a master teacher who has really sharpened their 'art', but it's not too hard for me to imagine replacing the majority of teachers that have not reached this level of expertise.
Also, to clarify, I'm not attacking teachers (I want to be one one day haha!). Maybe this is too much speculation, but I'd still love to hear people's thoughts.